How do we reconcile the arrival of “drone wars” with the principles of a democratic republic?
The Espionage Act of 1917 is back in vogue however not all charges of espionage are the same, nor are all claims of whistleblowing.
In announcing that Osama bin Laden had been killed, President Obama told the American people that “we will never tolerate our security being threatened, nor stand idly by when our people have been killed. We will be relentless in defense of our citizens and our friends and allies. We will be true to the values… [Continue Reading]
GRASPING FOR STRAWS: WHY THE RIGHT’S CLAIM THAT “TORTURE GOT US BIN LADEN” IS DISINGENUOUS AND UNDERMINES OUR SECURITY
by Joe Pace There is something surreal about the way some conservatives have seized on the death of Osama bin Laden as evidence that “torture works.” The claim rests on the assumption (for which evidence is ambiguous, at best) that, sometime circa 2004, detainees were water-boarded – tortured — into giving up the nickname of… [Continue Reading]
A few days ago, the journalist Sebastian Junger visited West Point, where I am on the history faculty. He was there to show Restrepo, his documentary film about a U.S. Army combat team deployed on a dangerous assignment in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, and then do an on-stage interview with me in front of… [Continue Reading]